Special family bond of the Black Watch

Last year's Black Watch family reunion at the Gilvenbank Hotel in Glenrothes (picture by George McLuskie)
Last year's Black Watch family reunion at the Gilvenbank Hotel in Glenrothes (picture by George McLuskie)
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The unique feeling of togetherness associated with one of Scotland’s best-known regiments is being celebrated at the weekend.

A reunion of Black Watch wives, servicemen and families is taking place on Friday (July 29) in the Gilvenbank Hotel, Glenrothes.

Organised by Norma Gilfillan, of Cardenden (seated fourth from right at 2015’s gathering), the event is set to reunite a number of people with regimental connections who haven’t met for 20-30 years.

There will be musical entertainment, while money is being raised for the charity Soldiers On The Street.

The event began around seven years ago with about half a dozen wives of servicemen who wanted to get together while their husbands were away from home.

It has expanded steadily since then to include siblings, relatives and former members of the Black Watch, and, last year it was held in Fife for the first time – also at the Gilvenbank.

This weekend, around 130 guests from around Fife, Perthshire, Dundee, Edinburgh, and south of the border, are expected.

Norma, whose husband John served for 23 years with the Black Watch, said it moved and travelled like the regiment it was – but the people linked to it classed themselves as a family.

Children grew up alongside each other and wives bonded closely, she said, adding: “Our families are brought up together.”

Performers, including Vice Versa, with John’s cousin Harry Gilfillan and Kenny Smith, are kindly donating their fees to the charity.